Community Catalysts

Cohort 5

Community Catalysts (ComCats) are a group of 20 faculty across the nation who help make the Engineering Unleashed community a thriving place. 

You may have already seen a ComCat commenting on your cards or welcoming you to the community. ComCats review cards, provide feedback to authors, and connect faculty who are working on similar topics. They also serve as role models for community behavior, engage in forums, greet new users, and participate in card creation. 

Connect with them in the forums or in a card discussion, and feel free to reach out with your questions and feedback!

Meet the ComCats

A. L. Ranen McLanahan

A. L. Ranen McLanahan

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin - Platteville

Ranen started in industry on a floating factory ship. In 2014, he received the Arthur M. Kaplan Award for his teaching, outreach, and innovation. He offers professional training nation-wide.
Aaron Sakulich

Aaron Sakulich

Associate Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Aaron's research focuses on developing more durable materials for use in infrastructure, which will lead to improved user safety and a reduced environmental impact.
Ahmet Can Sabuncu

Ahmet Can Sabuncu

Assistant Teaching Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Ahmet is passionate about humanitarian projects that could solve the contemporary problems of the changing world. He is a vivid supporter of the entrepreneurial mindset.

Ajmal Khan

Ajmal Khan

Assistant Professor, Ohio Northern University

Ajmal has incorporated EML into Electrical & Computer Engineering courses. His research successes include 26 refereed publications and published work in engineering education.
AnnMarie Thomas

AnnMarie Thomas

Professor of Engineering and Entrepreneurship, University of St. Thomas

AnnMarie is the founder and director of the St. Thomas Playful Learning Lab. She authored "Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation."
Anoop Grewal

Anoop Grewal

Lecturer, Arizona State University

Anoop strives to promote understanding of engineering concepts at an intuitive level. His teaching philosophy is 'learning zone has to go outside the comfort zone'.

Brooke Morin

Brooke Morin

Senior Lecturer, The Ohio State University

Brooke finds first-year engineering education particularly fulfilling as it allow her to help students find their identity as engineering students and sparks curiosity and creativity.
Chris Sharp

Chris Sharp

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, George Fox University

Chris enjoys pursuing character development, engineer identity, and creativity discovery with a design focus. He finds it fascinating when varying disciplines come together.
Erin Henslee

Erin Henslee

Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University

Erin is interested in developing curriculum that sustainably meets the changing needs of the engineering profession and student.

Jacqueline Gartner

Jacqueline Gartner

Assistant Professor, Campbell University

Jacqueline helped commercialize miniaturized hands-on units for classroom use! She has numerous publications, including the International Journal of Engineering Education.
Jared Schoepf

Jared Schoepf

Director of Operations of EPICS, Arizona State University

Jared developed a tiered approach to rapidly detect nanomaterials in the environment and consumer products. He has a passion for teaching and mentoring students.
Jim Brenner

Jim Brenner

Nanotechnology Minor Program Chair, Florida Institute of Technology

Jim's Nanotechnology Minor program includes a Materials Characterization Lab and lecture courses. His research is in nanosensors and automating tissue engineering.

Lawrence Funke

Lawrence Funke

Assistant Professor, Ohio Northern University

Larry incorporates flipped delivery, active learning, and project/problem-based learning whenever possible. His interests include system modeling and mechatronics.
Margot Vigeant

Margot Vigeant

Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bucknell University

Margot is Bucknell’s maker evangelist. She’s interested in how we can increase student engagement through active, collaborative, and problem-based learning approaches.
Mike Rust

Mike Rust

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Western New England University

Mike looks to address complex challenges facing our world today and in the future. He helps train and work alongside the next generation of problem solvers.

Nadya Shalamova

Nadya Shalamova

Associate Professor, Director of the User Experience and Communication Design Program, Milwaukee School of Engineering

Nadya is a "user experience" evangelist and champion for MSOE’s University Innovation Fellows. As a CREATE Faculty Fellow, she engages students in active, experiential and applied learning.
Stephanie Gillespie

Stephanie Gillespie

Associate Dean, University of New Haven

Stephanie focuses on leading multiple first-year engineering courses as well as facilitating integration of the new maker space into faculty curriculum. She has experience in K-12 outreach.
Steven Harper

Steven Harper

Associate Professor of Engineering, James Madison University

Steven Harper is a retired submarine officer in the US Navy and is now an Associate Professor of Engineering, the Faculty Senate Marshal, and a CFI Associate.

Tammy Rice-Bailey

Tammy Rice-Bailey

Associate Professor, Milwaukee School of Engineering

Tammy serves as member-at-large for the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC). Her research interests include remote workforces.
Timothy Reissman

Timothy Reissman

Assistant Professor, University of Dayton

Many of Timothy's courses involve hands-on learning that cross the traditional boundaries of our fields, with an aim to expand the creativity of students.